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Three Great Books to Give Away This Season

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Here are three newly-published books that would make great gifts: Common Sense on Mutual Funds – Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition by John Bogle I have been (slowly) reviewing this book chapter-by-chapter because it’s almost like a textbook for common sense investing. John Bogle is a great guy and is definitely on the side of […]

Are You Spending More, Less, or About the Same on Christmas This Year?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I find this surprising… This year 43% of consumers said they intend to cut back their holiday spending, compared to 55% last year. But the 43% figure is still much higher than in the previous eight years of 2000 to 2007, a period when the percentage intending to spend […]

A Review of John Bogle’s “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” – Chapter 2

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

This is a chapter-by-chapter review of John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition*. As the series progresses, I’ll create an index of each chapter. Chapter 2 – On the Nature of Returns Chapter 2—if you can’t already tell from the title—looks at where market returns come from. We’ll start with […]

Are Your Car Tires Too Old? How to Check the Age of Your Car Tires

Friday, December 4th, 2009

My wife was in a safety meeting earlier this week and one of her co-workers mentioned a video they saw about the dangers of driving on old car tires. What’s an old car tire? According to the video, it’s any tire that is older than 6-years old. The video goes on to show how to […]

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here’s the 5-day forecast for my part of the country: It’s not a big deal unti you realize that I live 40 miles from the Gulf and we NEVER see snow in our area.

A Review of John Bogle’s “Common Sense on Mutual Funds” – Chapter 1

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This is a chapter-by-chapter review of John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition*. As the series progresses, I’ll create an index of each chapter. Chapter 1 – On Long-Term Investing Summary: To invest with success, you must be a long-term investor. Bogle opens the chapter with a discussion of long-term […]

I Don’t Like Change

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

As has been my usual habit at the end of each month this year, I visited StandardandPoors.com to look up the month-end values for the S&P indexes. Well, today I noticed that the page I usually visited looked different from the last time I visited. Then I noticed that some of the features I had […]

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